Are you mean, nice, or indifferent to maintenance workers?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How do you treat maintenance staff?
    I am nice to everyone regardless of their job (I will talk to everyone) : (258 votes)
    88 %
    I am often rude to people who have jobs that are "beneath me" : (1 votes)
    0 %
    I am indifferent to maintenance staff (I'm not mean, but I don't actually talk to them) : (35 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I don’t get some people – that is just rude.

    I always say hello and thank you to the man who empties my trash at the office everyday.

    Post # 4
    Member
    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @MrsPanda99:  I know all the maintenance workers by name and acknowledge them just as I would anyone else. It irks me how some people are so darn disrespectful. I want to say to them “don’t think this employee is equally important? From now on clean your own damn toilets and let your trash bins overflow.”

    Post # 5
    Member
    607 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

     i am always nice to everyone regardless of their job. they need money to pay bills and so do i. just because we have different jobs doesn’t mean someone who cleans or does maintenance work is beneath me. it drives me nuts when people act as if they are worthless. i make it a point to talk to the janitors at the school i work at. they are always the sweetest people and it’s so hard to see other teachers treat them badly.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1025 posts
    Bumble bee

    Ugh I HATE when people act like that!

    I make a point to always at least say hello, acknowledge, or at least smile and wave to all of our maintenance workers. I try and learn their names and a little about them so that I can ask them how their kids/husband/wife/dog is doing.

    I find that a lot of times they are more interesting than my direct co-workers, and many have such interesting stories to tell.

    Post # 8
    Member
    480 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I smoke, as do most of the maintenance workers so I always see them outside on my smoke breaks and have a chat. 

     

    I figure you should judge people on their character not their job, some of my best friends are maintenance workers of labourers.  Also many of the will surprise you.  One of my friends currently earns £20k as a building labourer but previously earnt hundred of thousands as a merchant banker and played rugby for London Irish (good Rugby team), you would never know it to look at him, but when you start talking to people you realise there is normally more to them than appearances

    Post # 9
    Member
    3989 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I actually find myself more nice to maintenance people than I do the people I actually work with, haha.  Their jobs are harder than mine – and they have to put up with a lot of crap (sometimes literally!).  Therefore I will always go out of my way to say they are doing a great job or I appreciate what they do.

    Post # 10
    Member
    4413 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I am always friendly to the guy that empties the trash here every day but I am starting to seriously hate him. He smokes a lot and has that really awful overpowering stale cigarette smell about him. My nose has gotten really powerful in late pregnancy and so every time he comes in my office for twenty seconds to empty the trash, he leaves that awful smell behind for the rest of the day. Frown Now I like the other guy a lot more!!!

    Post # 11
    Member
    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @MrsPanda99:  DH is a maintenance worker. Y’know the “lower” man who makes sure the vents are working properly so you don’t suffocate, rescues people if they get stuck in the elevator, gets to work 2 hours before you to inspect each and every exit sign daily to make sure you get out safely in case of a fire, installs the sinks, toilets, soap dispensers, and drinking fountains, inspects and repairs the air conditioning and heating, etc… He’s been electrocuted and fallen off ladders so you can have a safer, more comfortable place to sit in front of a computer and make more money than him. He does this along with the other behind-the-scenes no names… the janitors, the landscapers, the painters and everyone else so many people ignore and take for granted. 

    Post # 14
    Member
    9220 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I like our maintenance staff better than some other people in my office, besides, they do a lot for me and my staff and I rely on them. 

    But I’m nice to everyone anyway.  Everyone deserves respect regardless of their job.

    @MrsPanda99:  Your coworker sounds like a snobbish biotch!

    Post # 15
    Member
    215 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I would never be mean to anybody. I used to clean houses and also work as a bartender, I know what it feels like when peple treat you like trash. I would never ever do that to another human being, be it a homeless person, cleaning lady or a movie star. Just no.

    Post # 16
    Member
    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @MrsPanda99:  oh, absolutely. In fact he’s giving his 2 weeks notice on Monday and starting a new job on the 26th for that very reason. He says people don’t understand that you can’t adjust the temperature of the air that comes out of the vent above each separate cubicle (seriously, people really ask him to do this). And he is in awe of how disgustingly filthy the women’s restrooms are compared to the men’s. He’s always getting calls about clogged sinks and what not. The women complain that there’s something wrong with the plumbing, when really it’s because they’re brushing their hair over the sink and it’s clogging the drain. Or they’re flushing pads down the toilet. So he has to go in and disassemble that nasty plumbing, while the women bitch about the restroom closest to them being locked and having to use the one down the hall instead. 

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